SINGAPORE - To pick the public's brain on how to fight diabetes, a national Citizens' Jury has been convened by the Ministry of Health (MOH) for the first time. A total of 75 people from different walks of life form this panel, and their task is to come up with ideas on preventing and managing diabetes here.
One important response is for governments to involve all stakeholders, including citizens, in policymaking. Where possible, this should include the discussion and generation of options, not just “feedback” after policy decisions have been made. The tempo for such collaborative policymaking in Singapore intensified during and after Our Singapore Conversation (2012), and the most recent example is a 75-person Citizen Jury, set up to generate ideas on how to tackle the long-term challenge of diabetes.